Tempe, AZ – Duyanh (DWEE-in) Nguyen (NEW-en), a graduate of Arizona State University, with a degree in Biochemistry, is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy with a prosperous career in the U.S. He also has a mission to help improve access to medical care for low income people in his home country of Vietnam.
“It is my passion to use my knowledge and skills to serve everyone here in the U.S. and in Vietnam. I especially want to help people who are low income and disadvantaged, because I have also been through such obstacles. Also, I want to use my knowledge and accomplishments to become the bridge and connection between Vietnam and America so that I can improve the health care system of Vietnam – to help poor people over there have access to better care and services, like in America.”
Duyanh moved with his parents to the U.S. from Vietnam when he was 17 and knew some English, “I spoke a little bit of English because in school in Vietnam from the first grade to twelfth grade you have to study thirteen subjects, thirteen classes. So, English is one of the classes that you have to take, but I didn’t start taking it until I was fifteen years old.”
He adds that his friends were a big help in learning the language, “When I first came over here all of my pronunciation was pretty much wrong. I had to catch up with the way my friends talked and they helped me learn English.”
Duyanh graduated from Westview High School in Avondale and went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona with support from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses and specialized mentoring services from Success Advisers, or mentors. Duyanh says the scholarship had a huge impact on his college career, “Thanks to College Success Arizona it was a life-changing decision for me. At first my major was Computer Systems Engineering, but getting the scholarship gave me the financial support and confidence to pursue my dream of being a doctor. My parents were also very helpful by supporting me throughout college.”
Duyanh adds that his Success Adviser, Barbra Scrivner, was very supportive, “She was extremely helpful and I was able to be helped by her in every aspect of college. I talked to her about the medical school application and about how many credits and classes that I should take, and she was always available and helpfulr.”
Duyanh has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “Whatever you do with your life, please consider going to college. Imagine that you’re going to be living for at least seventy years, and then imagine that you’re going to sacrifice only four years of your life and it’s going to change your life completely. It’s going to change spiritually and in every way, so just do not settle with high school.”
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.
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